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Friday, January 20, 2017

Athlete of the Year

BEHIND her powerful arms and legs, Hidilyn Diaz gave Philippine sports the lift it badly needed in the year just passed. Diaz provided this country of 100 million people one precious achievement to cheer about at the break of dawn one rainy day in August when she copped a long-overdue...
By Christopher Clarey /New York Times MELBOURNE, Australia—It felt a particularly long way from the hushed tones of Wimbledon’s Centre Court, even a long way from the rowdier Wimbledon food court. Nick Kyrgios playing at Hisense Arena at the Australian Open brings in all sorts of curiosity seekers—those with a grounds...

Kings face Elite test

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel has shown signs of getting back the lethal form that clinched for the Gin Kings the import-laced Governors’ Cup crown last season. But Head Coach Tim Cone remained alarmed by the string of recent losses. “We are still finding our way back into contention. The following games...
SAN BEDA and University of Perpetual Help try to keep their Final Four hopes alive when they clash with Mapua and Jose Rizal University (JRU), respectively, today in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City. The Red Spikers,...

Hero in retirement

(Conclusion) (Today’s article concludes the piece of Noel Albano, coauthor with Ignacio Dee of the book on the greatest decades of Philippine basketball, Year of Glory, which will be released this summer.) IN this silent handsome nook, a short drive from the state capital of Sacramento, Danny Florencio is a silent...

Strength in numbers

By Christopher Clarey / New York Times MELBOURNE, Australia—Wresting back control of world tennis remains a long-term project. For now, the American men at the Australian Open are delighted to have taken over Locker Room B, just off the transport corridor deep inside Rod Laver Arena. “We pretty much own that,” said...
MELBOURNE, Australia—It was inevitable after such an energetic performance in her second-round win over Stefanie Voegele at the Australian Open that Venus Williams would get asked about transcending the generations in tennis. The 36-year-old, seven-time major winner played the first of her record 73 Grand Slam tournaments at the French...
By Scott Cacciola / New York Times OAKLAND, California—An evening of collective catharsis for many basketball fans here reached its most satisfying apex in the form of a forearm shiver. Midway through the second quarter, Draymond Green, no stranger to contact or controversy, prevented the forward progress of LeBron James by throwing...
ARELLANO University wore down stubborn Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, on Wednesday to join unbeaten leader San Sebastian in the Final Four in the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City. Jovielyn Grace Prado scattered 12...
AMA Coach Mark Herrera knows Jeron Teng very well. With the former De La Salle Green Archer star as the cornerstore of a team that had one too many disappointments in previous years, Herrera is convinced the Titans will make a lot of noise this season. “I’ve known Jeron back...

Monica Torres in top form

THERE’S no stopping Monica Torres, the country’s top bet in long-course triathlon events, from making heads turn in the international scene. Torres, undefeated in local nondrafting events since 2009, is on her way to a strong finish in the prestigious Thailand Tri-League Championship. After three legs with the last one scheduled...
By Christopher Clarey / New York Times MELBOURNE, Australia—The danger can come from anywhere at this stage, as Serena Williams proved two weeks ago with an early loss in Auckland, New Zealand, after making 88 unforced errors in the wind against the young American Madison Brengle. The risk of a stumble was...

Federer shakes off jitters

MELBOURNE, Australia—Roger Federer shanked a few shots and was unsettled by how nervous he felt after six months on the sidelines, despite the familiar surroundings at the Australian Open. No other man on tour knows the way around a Grand Slam tournament better than Federer, who is playing in his 69th major...
MAHINDRA hopes to carry the momentum of a two-game winning streak when it takes on TNT Katropa in the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup today at the Astrodome in Pasay City. And to do that, the Floodbusters must be bring their A-game in the 4:15 p.m. match against a potent...
IF there’s one thing the new Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League season promises, it’s that there will be a new champion. The race to the crown is as open as it has ever been, and 10 teams are out to prove that they have the right to be called as...

P3-billion Pacquiao fight?

MANNY Pacquiao fighting in the Philippines is long overdue—if not too late the hero? Ideally, it should have been staged 10 or so years ago, when he was at his peak. Scary now is the idea as Pacquiao is 38 years old already. Only creatures with God-given endowments can possibly dish...
ALYSSA VALDEZ would definitely miss a three-day tryout for the national women’s volleyball team to the Malaysia 29th Southeast Asian Games because of her commitment to the Thailand club 3BB Nakornnont. But the popular outside spiker and former Ateneo star still has a chance to be a member of the...
Arellano University shoots for a Final Four berth while Lyceum of the Philippines University eyes least a playoff for a spot also in the semifinals when they clash today in the women’s division of the 92nd National Collegiate Athletic Association volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Center in...
By Christopher Clarey / New York Times THE Australian Open, once the clear laggard among the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, has regained its luster by expanding relentlessly and taking chances. It was the first major tournament to build a stadium with a retractable roof and is now the first with three...

PSA honors achievers

TOP achievers in 2016 will hog the spotlight once more as the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) honors the year’s best and brightest during its annual Awards Night, presented by Milo and San Miguel Corp., on February 13 at the Le Pavilion in Pasay City. Hidilyn Diaz, who ended the country’s...